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Each new model offered more memory and integrated devices but kept the processor the same for compatibility reasons. Some units had an integrated tape drive while other had a floppy drive.
There was a healthy peripheral market due to the number of licensed machines produced as well as the number of clones. In fact, after the ZX Sincair was discontinued, hardware continued to be produced with some still trickling out today. Popular add ons include the ZX printer and joystick interface.
Born in England on July 30, 1940, Sir Clive Sinclair was the driving force behind the ZX Sinclair. Clive wanted to produce a home computer that the average british consumer could afford. This is very similar to the philosophy of Jack Tramiel. Clive renamed his company several times. It was incorporated in 1961 as Sinclair Radionics, then to Sinclair Computers and finally to Sinclair Research in 1981.
Above: Clive Sinclair Research Ltd
By 1990, Sinclair was out of the home computer industry and had moved on to personal transport. The license for the ZX Spectrum was sold off to Amstrad for 5 million pounds (aprox 8 million dollars).
Strong Hobby Market
The ZX Spectrum enjoys a strong hobby market in England, Germany, France, Sweden, Norway and many other European countries. Software is still produced and there is a lot of software for almost any application. There are several forums online and user groups. It is unlikely that the ZX Spectrum will die out any time soon, especially with the advent of emulation software.